Aug 17, 2012
commented on Man Allegedly Sics Pit Bull on Another Dog, Hits Owner in Face with Rock
When there's a new toy on the market, and a dozen children out of 250,000 who own the toy choke to death on it, it's promptly recalled and responsible parents make sure to keep it away from young children. Let's say the toy's been on the market for a year -- it's extremely unlikely that your child is going to choke on it. Still, most parents don't want to take that risk. The benefits of the toy are slim in comparison to the risk, however small it may be.
When it comes to dogs, that prudent wariness goes out the window for a lot of us. They cast a magical spell over us. Invariably when one of these pit bull posts sets off an argument on Slog, someone brings up golden retrievers and some study that says they're just as, or more, violent than pit bulls. This is a useful argument because nobody can imagine banning Air Bud. He's the All-American dog, and if you ban Air Bud you have to ban all dogs -- and that is never going to happen. Our anger needs to be pointed at dogs for being so goddamn lovable that they trick us into endlessly apologizing for them with every statistic we can pull out of our ass.
Jan 17, 2011
commented on The Guardian: "City Sponsored Racial Profiling?"
@8: There are plenty of right wing people sprinkled around Seattle, and they tend to just dig in their heels and think of themselves as a persecuted minority. There are probably a lot of officers who would like to live near the city, though, and we should offer them the opportunity, financially, to be able to live within Seattle city limits.